Most people think about diabetics when they see the word insulin. However, problems with insulin can occur in several different conditions. Even in people with normal blood sugar. Have you heard of insulin resistance? I am sure you will have, as it is quite big news. Plus, if you have had a consultation with me either in person or over the phone I am sure I will have brought it up!
What does insulin Resistance mean?
People with insulin resistance usually have excessively high levels of this hormone, because it isn’t working properly in their body. One of the main reasons, I believe, is due to magnesium deficiency. The reason for this is quite simple.
If we don’t have enough of this amazing mineral, we don’t make perfect insulin. If the insulin is imperfect, our insulin receptors don’t recognize it. So, therefore, it cannot use it! What this does is to send signals, which go back to the pancreas sending messages that we haven’t enough insulin!
We are seeing a huge number of clients who have been diagnosed with insulin resistance, they leave their doctors having a diagnosis but don’t fully understand what this term means.
The role of insulin
Insulin is a hormone that your pancreas secretes into your bloodstream after you have eaten. It enables the glucose from your food to enter your cells. This is where the glucose is burned for energy. If insulin is not doing its job properly, less glucose will be burnt for energy and more of it will be converted into fat.
Insulin has many important roles in your body. People with too much insulin in their bloodstream are said to have insulin resistance, syndrome X, metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes. These are all the same thing just varying degrees.
Due to modern diets, lifestyles and magnesium deficiency, nearly everybody produces more insulin in their pancreas than they should.
This is a problem, in fact it is a time bomb waiting to explode at any time. If blood insulin levels have been high for years the cells of your body start to ignore it. The insulin becomes less and less effective. Especially for the very important job of getting glucose inside your cells so you can burn it for energy.
Knowing whether you have too high insulin is important because you can then make some changes. Knowledge is key, you can then avoid some serious health problems in the future. If you act on it! Luckily there are many signs or clues that your body shows, alerting you to this problem.
Here is a list of the most common signs of long-term insulin raised levels
Abdominal fat. As the waist grows larger, insulin becomes increasingly ineffective in your body, therefore levels of this hormone rise.
Hunger and cravings for sugar or carbohydrate - rich foods. People with high blood insulin are hungry and nothing will satisfy their appetite like carbs/sugar!
Fatigue and no matter what you do nothing helps.
Elevated blood sugar.
Acne and large pores on the face. Insulin and its cousin insulin-like growth factor 1, promote higher levels of the male hormone testosterone and increase the sensitivity of your face to testosterone. That means you’re more likely to experience acne and greasy skin.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome
Scalp hair loss in women in the male pattern (front and sides).
Increased risk of gout. People who are insulin resistant are sensitive to fructose and convert too much of it into uric acid. Elevated uric acid can raise the risk of gout and kidney stones.
High blood pressure
Swollen ankles. Insulin tells your kidneys to hang on to sodium and water. Therefore, you will look puffy. You can experience fluid retention anywhere on your body. Such as your feet, fingers, face and abdomen.
Foggy Brain and short-term memory impairment.
Dark patches of skin, usually on the back of the neck. Sometimes people have a dark ring around their neck
How to help? Stop Insulin Resistance being a problem for you!
What to do about Insulin resistance and prevention of diabetes. Or if you already have diabetes how do you reduce or eliminate it totally from your life?
Have a low carbohydrate diet – include lots of leafy veggies and eat protein at each meal.
This includes eliminating sugar from your menu!! Use Transdermal (applied to the skin) Magnesium 4-5 times daily! Get some liver herbs that contain Berberine (like Golden Seal – I have a formula that will fit the bill perfectly. just give me a call or email me) to help support your liver if you know that your liver is struggling.
Our Glutathione Boost is worth looking into! By Boosting your Glutathione levels really helps.
Glutathione - what is it for?
Those with insulin Resistance or with uncontrolled type 2 Diabetes will almost always have a severe Glutathione deficiency. Glutathione is not only important for those who suffer from insulin resistance or diabetes to supplement, it is vital for a long and healthy life regardless of your health situation.
The ability of a cell to resist the damage caused by oxidative stress is determined by the capacity of an array of antioxidants. The most abundant and important of these is Glutathione. Found in every living cell on the planet, it is critical to rid our cells of harmful toxins and heavy metals. Healing the damaged cells and helping prevent disease, cancers, neurological disorders and even helping to reverse the ageing process.
Supplementing with things that can help increase our Glutathione levels (see Glutathione boost) with those who suffer with hyperglycemia can help lower their oxidative stress levels and prevent or heal oxidative damage to their cells.
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